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FRIDAY, JUNE 29
94. 20% chance of thunderstorms.
Food & Drink
Bike Commuter Breakfast at Common Market: Grab a bike and join fellow bike commuters for a breakfast courtesy of Charlotte B-Cycle on your way to work. 7-8 a.m. Free. Details.
Beer Release at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Try the new Akita Funk, an aged raspberry Brett while you listen to AKITA (the band) perform and snack on food from The Hunter’s Wife. 3-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Beer Release at Bold Missy Brewery: They’ll be releasing the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg IPA, a New England-style IPA made with wheat, oats, El Dorado and Simcoe hops. 4-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Food Truck Friday EAST at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Eat your way through 7 dinner and dessert trucks, including The Dumpling Lady and King of Pops. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.
Cotswold Trucks Food Truck Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church: This family-friendly Food Truck Friday will have live music, play areas for the kids and lots of food trucks. BYOB, dogs welcome. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Details.
In-Store Tasting at Reid’s Fine Foods (both locations): Samples of Joe Wagner’s Napa Valley Quilt will be up for grabs. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Vegan Tasting at 7th Street Public Market: Viva Raw, Orrman’s Cheese Shop and Assorted Table Wine Shoppe are teaming up to bring you a 4-course tasting menu, including a vegan cheese plate and dessert. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Taylor Adams – “Moments Recalled” – Closing Reception at Covet Atelier: Celebrate the closing of South Carolina artist Taylor Adams’ “Moments Recalled” with food, drink and shopping. 6-8 p.m. Free. Details.
Spotlight 2018: An Alumni & Student Art Exhibition at C3 Lab: Celebrate the opening of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association’s inaugural alumni and student art exhibit, carefully curated by a panel of alumni, on display through July 12. 6-9 p.m. Free, but you should RSVP. Details.
Live On The Green at First Ward Park: Catch performances by Donna the Buffalo and The Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project while relaxing with local food and beer. Parking at First Ward Park is limited, so use the 7th St. Public Market garage instead. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Luke Bryan PNC Music Pavillion: See the What Makes You Country tour, named after the artist’s 6th studio album, live in concert. 7 p.m. $42+. Details.
Sounds on the Square at Spirit Square: The Carolina Keller Band, described as “traditional country with an Americana flair,” will be performing. BYO lawn chair; they’ll have concessions available for purchase. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.
The Sound at The Third Place: This open mic night is open to poets, singers, rappers, musicians – any kind of artist you can think of. 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Cheers to 7 Years! Anniversary Party at Belfast Mill Irish Pub: Celebrate their birthday with drink specials, raffle prizes, music and more. Proceeds benefitting Pat’s Place for Children. 3-11:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Grand Opening Party at The Lash Lounge Waverly: Join the new Lash Lounge for an exclusive VIP preview party, where you’ll mix and mingle with local TV, print and social media personalities, enjoy cocktails, light bites and more. 4-8 p.m. Free, but RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details.
2 Year Anniversary at Flight: Drive the point home with $2 beers, $2 shots, $2,000 in prizes and giveaways and more. Stick around for the balloon drop at midnight. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.
Friday Nights at Camp North End: Head into the weekend with a live DJ, food trucks and a market to shop. 5 p.m. Free. Details.
Front Porch Friday at Catawba Brewing Co.: Grab dinner from the on-site food trucks while you listen to live music from Hope Griffin. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.
Stars and Stripes Party at Howl at the Moon: Celebrate America’s birthday with non-stop live music, specialty drinks starting at $5 and giveaways. Dress up in your best patriotic gear for a chance to win the costume contest and to get free admission. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.
Mirror Moves – 80’s Dance Party at Petra’s: Get down to underground art pop, alternative and new wave music from the 80s and 90s. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $2. Details.
Elizabeth White at Aldersgate Senior Living Community: White will be talking about her book, Fifty-Five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal, focused on helping baby boomers adjust. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Yoga at GoodRoad CiderWorks: Join Michelle LoSardo for an hour of yoga in the climate-controlled tap room. Admission includes a 4-ounce pour of cider (or apple juice). 6:30 p.m. $5. Details.
Bikes & Brews Endurance Ride 2.0 at Turn & Burn Fitness: Sweat it out on a 75-minute endurance ride, then refresh with beer and snacks. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 for members, $25 non members. Details.
Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on the Gwinnett Stripers. The game will be followed by fireworks. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.
Cupcake Frosting at SAS Cupcakes-Blakeney: Get excited for Ant-Man and the Wasp with a cupcake frosting session, complete with giveaways of promotional items like t-shirts, posters and tickets to the advanced screening. 4-7 p.m. Free. Details.
Tribute to Women of Music at Neighborhood Theatre: The 11th annual tribute by some of Charlotte’s most talented female musicians will raise funds and awareness for Levine Children’s Hospital. 8 p.m. Suggested $10 donation. Details.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
93. 30% chance of thunderstorms
Food & Drink
Beer Release at NoDa Brewing Company: They’ll be releasing their original Belgian-style, 10.5% ABV Tripel, as well as three fruited variations, including apricot and raspberry. 12-5 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Pig Pickin’ Fundraiser at NoDa Brewing: Tickets include a BBQ sandwich, coleslaw and chips, and sales of food and drink both benefit Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina. 12-6 p.m. $12. Details.
This is Charlotte – Black Owned Bar Crawl starting at Roc’s Jazz Bar: The inaugural event will feature 13+ black-owned bars, lounges and nightclubs. Admission includes an event t-shirt, wristband for free access to all venues, bar crawl map, business guide and exclusive specials and discounts. 12-9 p.m. $20-$75. Details.
Second Annual Red, White, and Blue Blaze at Blue Blaze Brewing: They’ll have food from Cousins Maine Lobster and King of Pops, live music from The Stark Reality acoustic trio and $10 pitchers all day. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.
A Taste of Wilmington at Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley: Try several beers from Wilmington breweries you don’t normally see in Charlotte. 12-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Red, White & Brew Fest at Sycamore: Celebrate America’s birthday with beer, multiple food trucks and live music all day. Grab a limited edition tee and koozy before you enjoy fireworks to cap it all off. 12-11 p.m. $10. Details.
Dog Day Afternoon at Loft & Cellar: Chef Nic Daniels (Loft and Cellar), Chef Chris Coleman (Stoke Charlotte) and Vic the Chili Man will go head-to-head to create the best hot dog and win your vote. Your ticket gets you 3 original hot dogs and a pile of tater tots with 3 original dipping sauces. 4 p.m. $15. Details.
1st Anniversary at TILT: Expect a dunk tank and live music all night. 5 p.m. Free. Details.
Art and Beer Bash at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Pay a la carte or grab a ticket for 4 local beers and unlimited pretzels, then shop 10+ local vendors while you listen to live music and play Jenga and cornhole. 5:30-10 p.m. Free-$10 in advance. Details.
Rich and Bennett’s Americrawl at Uptown Charlotte: Celebrate the 4th early with the masters of the bar crawl. Admission includes 13 bars, hot dogs, a costume contest and more. Proceeds benefit Veterans Bridge Home. 5:30 p.m. $10-$20. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Rania Matar at The Light Factory: Photographer Rania Matar will be in the gallery to give a brief informal talk about her images currently featured in the Bridging Division exhibition. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Live at PNC Music Pavillion: Catch the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. 6 p.m. $80-$144. Details.
2nd Birthday Class at Anders Ruff Workshop Charlotte: They’re celebrating by giving all class attendees a free 12″ Wood Pedestal Riser add-on. 6-9 p.m. $60-$80. Details.
Bearden Music Series at Romare Bearden Park: Bring a lawn chair to enjoy tunes by the Blues Beatles. Food and drink will be available for purchase on-site. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.
Movie Screening at Midwood Park: They’ll be showing the original The Karate Kid, and Queen City Makers will be there to fill your shopping needs. Popcorn is free and they’ll have other snacks available for purchase. 6-10:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Cannes Film Critique at The Light Factory: Artists and filmmakers will discuss Charlotte’s 48 Hour Film Project submissions that will be sent to Filmapalooza and ultimately have a chance to be shown at Cannes. The event includes a screening and discussion. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free-$5. Details.
Impractical Jokers Live at Ovens Auditorium: The famous TV comedy group is performing their ‘Santiago Sent Us’ tour, starring the Tenderloins. 7 p.m. $61-$77. Details.
Jon Batiste at Booth Playhouse: One of the most recognizable jazz artists today, he’ll be performing “Solo in the Round” in this intimate concert experience. 8-11 p.m. $25+. Details.
The Breakfast Club Live at Visulite Theatre: See the longest running ’80s tribute band in the United States perform live. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 in advance. Details.
The Purple Party – A Celebration of Prince at Carolina Ale House: Get down with DJ OB-1 Benobi’s legendary video collection, all of the hits and deep-cuts, dance-offs and themed drinks. Don’t forget to wear purple! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15. Details.
Strut Your Mutt Talent Show at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Enter your pup into the Strut Your Mutt Talent show to benefit Long Trails to Happy Tails Dog Rescue (red, white and blue costumes are strongly suggested). Plus, enjoy a raffle with lots of fun prizes, Sugar Daddy’s food truck and adoptable dogs on-site. Adults 21 and over only, all dogs must be fixed, friendly and up to date on all shots. 1-4 p.m. $10 contest entry. Details.
Making the Case for Great Neighborhood Spaces at Charlotte Open Air Market: Join Center for Active Design in a pop-up event as they showcase the importance of well-designed and well-maintained public spaces for the civic well-being of the communities. 9-11 a.m. Free. Details.
Domestic Violence Awareness Run/Walk at The Park Expo and Conference Center: Support the Jamie Kimble Foundation, Safe Alliance and many other local and national organizations at this 5k run/walk. Registration includes shirts (first-come, first-served). 7 a.m.-12 p.m. $25 in advance. Details.
Rooftop Barre & Brunch at Fahrenheit: This 55-minute total body workout incorporates dance, pilates and functional fitness and will be followed by a brunch buffet, complete with mimosas. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $20. Details.
Grand Opening at A Better You Fitness: The celebration kicks things off with an all-levels group workout and wraps up with food, giveaways and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $5. Details.
Down Dog at Draught: Join NC Yoga Bar for an all-levels flow followed by mimosas. 10 a.m. $10. Details.
Saturday Summer Yoga at Comporium Amphitheater at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Cleanse your soul with an all-levels flow that includes aromatherapy, pranayama and asanas. BYO yoga mat and water bottle. 10 a.m. $5. Details.
MoveForJenn Donation Workout at Orangetheory Fitness Ballantyne: Raise your heart rate while raising funds for a Jenn Andrews, who recently lost her foot in the battle against cancer. Stick around for giveaways and snacks from Get Fit Foods. 1 p.m. $20 minimum donation (or a $1 donation per splat point burned). Details.
Karma Yoga at Okra: 100% of proceeds from this all-levels flow will be donated to MyCamera, a non-profit organization focused building the business acumen and improving the financial literacy of Charlotte Youth. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $8 minimum donation. Details.
Soca Fitness Glow Day Party at Legacy Center: Celebrate National Caribbean Heritage Month with a fitness-focused dance party. 1-4 p.m. $13-$39. Details.
Defy Gravity: An Inversion Workshop with Diane Cevallos at Charlotte Family Yoga Center: Learn the basics of flipping your yoga practice on its head – literally – comfortably. 3-4:30 p.m. $35. Details.
Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on the Gwinnett Stripers. Everyone in attendance will get free bubblegum from Breathless IPF. 7:04 p.m. $8+. Details.
Pokémon Party at 2nd & Charles: Kids and families should come dressed as their favorite Pokémon characters for coloring, games, crafts and activities. 2-4 p.m. Free. Details.
Adoption Event at PetSmart (Rea Road): Carolina P.A.W.S. (Pet Adoption & Welfare Society) will be on site with pups and cats looking for loving homes. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission, adoption fees vary. Details.
End the War on Immigrants Vigil at First Ward Park: Support the movement to keep immigrant families together by attending this rally and candlelit vigil. 3,000+ are interested in Facebook. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Details.
Grand Opening Celebration at Pet in the City: They’ll have rescue organizations on site with adoptable pets, plus grooming specials, raffles, food, beer and mocktails. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.
Summer Pop Up Market at Draught: Eat, drink and shop at this pop-up market featuring vendors like The Cactus Club, The Bike Van, Three Dog Park N Bark and more. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.
SUNDAY, JULY 1
93. 40% chance of thunderstorms.
Food & Drink
Grand Opening at Rosemont Bar: Celebrate the new South End staple on the Airstream bar and patio with games, giveaways and food and drink. Drinks will start at $1. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free admission. Details.
Arts & Entertainment
Picnic in the Park at Fourth Ward Park: Pack a picnic and enjoy a concert by Jeff Brown. 4-6 p.m. Free. Details.
Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops at Symphony Park: Join the Symphony for the Summer Pops finale, a salute to America with a night of patriotic favorites including “America the Beautiful” and a fireworks finale. 8:15 p.m. $11.50. Details.
4th of July Bash at TCBY Berewick: Get your first 3 ounces free and enjoy festive toppings, live music and activities. 2-10 p.m. Free. Details.
July 4th on the 1st Party at Tank Town Tavern: Start your July 4th celebration early with music by music by Bongo Bach and The Soul Ensemble. 3-11 p.m. Free. Details.
Cutting UP! at C3 Lab: Join visual artist CHD:WCK! for a workshop in which you’ll learn how to break things apart to create something new. 1-3:30 p.m. $35. Details.
Patio Yoga at Caswell Station: Kayla Frank will lead this all-levels flow, followed by brunch with $2 mimosas. BYO mat. 9 a.m. Free. Details.
NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Join OrthoCarolina for a restorative all-levels yoga class, then cool off with a beer (first one is on the house) and TIN Kitchen lunch. 10:45 a.m. $5. Details.
Workout Party & Social at GoodRoad CiderWorks: Join Camp Gladiator for a 60-minute full body workout. All you need is a mat and a water bottle. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details.
Baseball at BB&T Ballpark: Cheer on the Knights as they take on the Gwinnett Stripers. Everyone in attendance will get free bubblegum from Breathless IPF. 5:05 p.m. $8+. Details.
NOH8 Photo Shoot at The Westin Charlotte: The NOH8 Campaign will be set up for an open photo shoot, so wear white and stop by solo or with a group to add your face added to the fight for human rights. Includes one edited digital print. 2-4 p.m. $40 solo or $25/person. Details.
ON THE AGENDA
Charlotte Star Spangled Spectacular at Memorial Stadium: This huge fireworks show is presented by Regions and will feature local food trucks, fun for the whole family, live music entertainment from “The Voltage Brothers” and a patriotic celebration. Seating is available on both the lawn and in half of the stadium, so grab your blankets (no lawn chairs) and claim a spot on the field grass for the show starting at 9:30 p.m. Please leave coolers at home, but come early for the best seating. July 3.
18th Annual 4th of July Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’ in Plaza Midwood: The neighborhood staple is back with names like Jackalope Jack’s, Midwood Smokehouse, Whiskey Warehouse and Moo & Brew backing it. Expect plenty of BBQ, live music and family-friendly activities. July 4.
International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium: Soccer favorites Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund will come face-to-face during this championship game in Uptown. July 22.